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#1 Walkinman1 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 03, 2014 - 01:58 PM

I thought I'd post some pics of some homemade tire chain tensioners that I have, if you guys have any others I'd love to see 'em!

I can't take credit for these btw, they all came with the Sears I purchased this past summer so it was the P.O.'s ingenuity to thank. I gave them a really good workout yesterday with excellent results so I thought I'd share...

These 2 are just a couple of strips of a small inner tube with bungee cord "S" hooks crimped on.
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These ones are a large spring, attached in a circle, with more bungee cord hooks. I believe the rubber tubing slipped over the spring was either to enable the hooks to be moved or to prevent them from settling into the spring...perhaps a little of both.
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Posted January 03, 2014 - 03:48 PM

I have not used chain tensioners for a while

 

I release the air for the tires, then put on the chains and fill the tires back up and they are tight



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Posted January 03, 2014 - 04:00 PM

I use springs out of old Dish Washer doors.  (Work at an appliance store)


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Posted January 03, 2014 - 04:06 PM

They all look like they would work well.  I have chains on one of my Sears and I used 2 short bungees crossing like an X and they seem to be working well.  Then again, I haven't gotten a chance to give them a workout.  Time will tell and if they fail, You have given me more ideas.


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Posted January 03, 2014 - 04:07 PM

I use springs out of old Dish Washer doors.  (Work at an appliance store)

How do you set them up?



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Posted January 03, 2014 - 04:16 PM

I thought I'd post some pics of some homemade tire chain tensioners that I have, if you guys have any others I'd love to see 'em!

I can't take credit for these btw, they all came with the Sears I purchased this past summer so it was the P.O.'s ingenuity to thank. I gave them a really good workout yesterday with excellent results so I thought I'd share...

These 2 are just a couple of strips of a small inner tube with bungee cord "S" hooks crimped on.
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And I thought I was the only one who did that!

Actually my Grandfather taught me to make these "Poor Mans Bungees" :D

We used to just take an old tractor tire tube and cut it in strips then crimp the S hooks on

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Posted January 03, 2014 - 04:41 PM

And I thought I was the only one who did that!
Actually my Grandfather taught me to make these "Poor Mans Bungees" :D
We used to just take an old tractor tire tube and cut it in strips then crimp the S hooks on


Those look neat! Are they homemade? Are they flat bar stock as they appear to be?

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Posted January 03, 2014 - 04:53 PM

Those look neat! Are they homemade? Are they flat bar stock as they appear to be?

 

No, they are made by someone, Cant remember the brand but I think I got them on ebay

 

In my opinion they actually give better traction on pavement than chains, plus do not mark the driveway.

Been using them for a few years now and they are still like new.



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Posted January 03, 2014 - 04:58 PM

I use those black rubber straps, the heavy duty 50lb ones. 3 per wheel. The chains weigh about 60lbs though, a lot heavier than most garden tractor chains.



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Posted January 03, 2014 - 05:36 PM

How do you set them up?

I use the normal binders and tighten as much as I can, then I add these 2 outside, 2 inside so they don't lay on the wheel weight and still keep the chain tight. Sorry the pic is dark, I will look for a better one.
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This pic is of the inside of the wheel on other tractor, but you get the idea.
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Posted January 03, 2014 - 07:13 PM

Mine are all fancy.

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Posted March 12, 2016 - 07:26 AM

one time in an emergency i used nylon zip ties, the heavy ones , maybe a 1/4 inch wide by i think 2 feet long..they hold up pretty good . 3 years and counting...but the ideas here seem better


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Posted March 12, 2016 - 07:49 AM

Mine are all fancy.
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Just like their owner.

one time in an emergency i used nylon zip ties, the heavy ones , maybe a 1/4 inch wide by i think 2 feet long..they hold up pretty good . 3 years and counting...but the ideas here seem better


Three years is good lifespan out of anything like that. Sounds like a good idea to me.

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Posted March 16, 2016 - 08:06 PM

I use plain old cable tensioners... Just one across each wheel. image.jpg

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Posted March 27, 2016 - 11:37 AM

I have old style levers on these chains. I get them tight enough they won't move. When I hauled on winter roads the truck tire chains had cams to tighten chains. Much better than lever type.

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